When it comes to Newton high school students, the recipients of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' (M.A.S.S.) Award for Academic Excellence are the cream of the crop.
The 2012-2013 recognitions from M.A.S.S. were awarded to Newton North students Winston Huang and Malini Gandhi as well as Newton South students Joe Joseph and Rose Taylor.
The four honorees were recognized at the Nov. 26 School Committee meeting.
"These students have attained a very high level of academic achievement, intellectual rigor and character and have contributed significantly to the school and community," Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Cynthia Bergan said in a memo announcing the awards.
In addition, the four Newton students also received the Blumer Book Award, which is given annually by Dr. Irwin Blumer to the Newton students who receive the M.A.S.S. awards.
Blumer, a former Newton superintendent, presented his award to the students Monday night along with the book Fraternity. The book chronicles the 1968 story of Rev. John Brooks, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross, and his work to bring diversity to the college's student population by offering scholarships to 20 African Americans.